Speedy Moroccan meatballs

Speedy Moroccan meatballs

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(64 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A great twist on meatballs for a quick and tasty supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal388
  • fat25g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.58g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g pack ready-made beef or chicken meatballs (approx 16)



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 1 large onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g dried apricot, halved
  • 1 small cinnamon stick



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 400g tin chopped tomato with garlic



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 25g toasted flaked almond
  • handful coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan, then fry the meatballs for 10 mins, turning occasionally until cooked through. Scoop out of the pan and set aside, then cook the onion for 5 mins, until softened.

  2. Add the dried apricots, cinnamon stick, tomatoes and half a can of water to the pan, then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins. Remove the cinnamon stick. Return the meatballs to the pan and coat well with the tomato sauce. Serve sprinkled with the almonds and coriander.

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29th Jan, 2009
Very Good, a great meal. Not out of this world, but still very very good. The apricots give an interesting bite to the meal. This literally can take 10 minutes to prepare plus simmering time. I just made it for the second time today!
1st Nov, 2008
Interesting flavors, it went really well with cous-cous. Well worth a try.
22nd Oct, 2008
different from the usual meatballs in tomato sauce with spaghetti. would use less apricots next time tho. goes well with cous cous.
23rd Sep, 2008
made my own lamb meatballs and added to this (without almonds) and all 3 of my young children and myself loved it. Will be doing this again. not only does it taste good but is soooooo easy.
23rd Sep, 2008
I made this last night and then dropped it all over the kitchen floor. All I can say is it is really easy to make, smells great, and my dog seemed to like it.
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25th Aug, 2008
I made my own meatballs instead of shop bought ones (used the recipe for Spicy Meatballs). Really tasty. Served it with couscous.
18th Jun, 2008
Really yum. Served it with oven chips and steamed broad beans and apargus.
30th Mar, 2008
I used veggie meatballs too it was a really nice meal had a moroccan evening and had this with the Moroccan Tagine. The meatball dish was great but the Tagine just took the show away really....was tasty though and quick perfect for a mid week meal.
25th Mar, 2008
used veggie meatballs - worked well! very tasty. also added some chickpeas and sultanas. used a bit of cumin to liven it up a bit too. freezes well.


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